5 Helpful / 0 Not
The best wooded course in the Knoxville area
Pros: Roane Count Park is a solid, challenging course. From the first hole, throwing over water, to the last one, throwing in woods, you get a challenge for 18 holes.
- This is a mostly wooded course. The first four holes are the most open ones on the course, but don't let that fool you. You're going to have to start dodging trees for the rest of your round.
- Even with that, there's a good amount of variety here. You have to deal with water on #1 ,2 & 13, then you've got a little bit of everything after that. There are some great holes with good elevation - #5 (slight downhill), #6 (down and up) & #8 (slight uphill). This also leads up to #13 (down and up, and down again to a basket next to the water), which is easily the course's most challenging hole, and I think, its signature one as well.
- Accuracy is crucial here. Even on the 'open holes', there's a steep penalty if you don't throw straight. #1 -trees lining the water's edge, so avoid those. Also, throw far enough to clear the water. That's kind of crucial too. #2 - don't go too far right or too long, or you'll end up in the lake as well. #3 & 4 are doglegs right, so if you miss your line, or hit one of the random trees, you're going to be left scrambling for par.
- Great, descriptive tee signs. Look at the pictures on here, and you'll see how good they are. Tee pads are solid as well.
- Large park with a little bit of everything. I saw people fishing, using the playground, playing on different sports court, having get together at large pavilions & picnic shelters. Good facilities as well - bathrooms, water fountains and drink machines. There are some nice, scenic views of the lake on some parts of the course.
- I always give credit to course that loop back to the parking lot after nine holes, so props to Roane Co. This gives you a chance to play only nine holes, or tee off on #10, if desired.
- Course should offer a good challenge for even the best of players. This is not a beginner-friendly course. It's clearly aimed for experienced players.
Cons: My biggest con with the course is the tee shot for #1. I'm usually a fan of tee shots over water, but this one is a problem with me. For starters, it's your first shot of the round, so you're arm probably isn't warmed up. It's about 275 - 300 feet to clear the water, so you better come out firing on your first shot of the day. I noticed my arm was only at 90% when I saw my disc find its water grave. The other problem is that there isn't a bail out shot around the water. The trees/shrubs are too thick to the left of the tee, to the point that you can't even play a safe route around the water, if you choose to do so. Two simple solutions for this would be: A. clear out the shrubs to the left, or B. move the tee further left. This would knock off some of the distance over water, but still give you the same challenge.
- The other water issue was #13. I feel the basket is too close to the water for the distance & speed your disc should be carrying to the hole. If you threw a good tee shot, you're probably throwing a downhill second shot from 75 - 150 feet out. The basket is about 10 - 15 feet from the water, so you're being asked to stop your disc, without a skip, to get it close. Moving the basket another 20 feet inland would reward great shots and still penalize bad ones. This is such a great hole (one of my favorite in all of the Knoxville-area courses) that I hate being limited in your shot aggressiveness.
- Signage between holes could be better. The course map only lists the front nine, so that should be updated. There are faded-off arrows drawn on some baskets, but having clearer signs (wooded markers, perhaps) would be huge.
- Gray baskets are hard to spots in the shadows of the wooded holes.
Other Thoughts: Roane County is a top-course. Based on the numbers on this site (the number of people who have played and reviewed it), compared to other Knoxville-area courses, this course is extremely underrated. Maybe because it is out of the way (it's about 40 minutes west of Knoxville), but the course doesn't get the love or attention that it deserves.
- One of things I look at when playing a new course, in addition to the number of solid/great holes, is the number of average to below-average holes. It's the old sports analogy of a team only being as strong as its weakest player. Anyways, I was extremely impressed that there were no bad/throwaway holes. That shows you the course designer put in a lot of time and effort to make this course great.
- If I lived in Knoxville, I'd be here every chance I get. The tight, wooded layout (for a big part of the course) is a change of pace to the three 18-holers in Knoxville.
- #13 was my favorite hole on this course. Move the basket further from the water, to allow more aggressiveness and more risk/reward, and this would make this great hole even better. #5 & 6 are also a great back-to-back stretch that also deserve special attention.
- Anyone in the Knoxville area, or driving along I-40 definitely should check out this course. It's worth the time to play this challenge 18-hole layout.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Well designed course in a beautiful park setting
Pros: This course makes use of some beautiful park land to make a fun and challenging round of golf. The course designer did a great job of maximizing the available land. There's plenty of options out there for multiple pin placements in the future. There's a great variety of shots on the front 9, backhands, forehands, and even a tomahawk route or two! Clean bathrooms, vending machines, and picnic shelters add value to the course. This is well worth a stop to play if your passing through, or even a detour up I-40 if your passing through Knoxville.
Cons: There are a few small things that add up to reduce this courses rating from an easy 4 to a 3.5. First and foremost, the back 9 is repetitive, after the front 9 I was ready to declare this one of the best courses in Tennessee, but the back 9 just fizzles out. Secondary are a few smaller issues. Some tee-pads are unlevel, some tee-signs are misleading. Holes appear to be straight when they're actually abrupt RHBH anhyzers.
Other Thoughts: I did not factor it into this rating because it's a seasonal problem, but currently there serveral holes (#13 for example) that are nearly unplayable because of spring growth that needs to be "limbed up". A few hours with a pole-saw and the problem is resolved, but for now the course is playing 2 or 3 strokes harder because several holes are missing fairways.
This course has the potential to be great, I hope the local disc golf community continues to improve the course. It could easily become a destination course for tournament players from Knoxville, Chattanooga, Nashville, & beyond!
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Harder than it looks!
Pros: Roane Co. Park DGC is now a full 18-hole course set in a beautiful city park almost completely surrounded by the lake. There is ample parking with restrooms and a picnic pavilion near the parking area. The kiosk at the parking lot has a large color course map.
The course itself is very well-designed, utilizing all of the available land. Most of the holes are moderately wooded. Holes 1 and 2 are more open, but play over and along the lake. Elevation varies from flat, to gentle, to hilly. #13 is a memorable adventure with the most hills and the lake in play on your right off the tee and behind the basket on your approach. There is an excellent mix of straight, left, and right bending holes, as well as several holes that provide options. Hole length is a nice variety, as well, covering all distances from a range of 225' - 420'.
This course will challenge any player to hit their lines off the tee. Many of the holes are at a length where most people will have to execute a longer approach in order to get a 3, and any deuces here will definitely be earned. The holes are not too long and there is not undergrowth or rough to frustrate newer players, but there are enough trees to make even advance players think about how to play the hole.
Cons: The tee signs, though nice and colorful, depict a generic hole map that do not give much help in understanding what the hole entails, especially since there are a lot of trees and hills making many baskets blind from the tee. In fact, some of the hole maps were deceptive (map shows basket slightly right, when in reality it was a dog left.)
Hole #1 is a great hole across the lake, but I would have preferred not to have it as the first hole. That is an intimidating tee shot, ~300' just to clear the water with a good chance of some wind coming off the lake, and I would rather have had this signature hole in the middle of the round. I also felt like this hole really needs an alternate tee- there were two great spots to put one in- either to make the water shot much shorter, or on the other side to avoid playing over the water altogether. This hole could be really discouraging for players to lose a disc on your first shot, especially if you are a newer player with only a couple of discs.
The walk to #4 was longer than normal around the tennis courts, and the tee is kind of hidden so it is hard to find the first time you play. It was only until about hole 5 that I noticed someone had drawn in an arrow on the yellow rim of the Discatcher pointing to the next tee.
The holes started to become a little repetitive in style on the back. Holes 15-18 are not nearly as interesting as the rest of the course, and there were not the clearly defined fairways like on the rest of the course. (The back is newer so maybe this will improve as the course matures.)
Other Thoughts: This is a very good course with a solid design and layout that will appeal to players of all skill levels. I was pleasantly surprised as the course was much better than I had anticipated. I would like to come back and play it again to try to shoot a lower score! This is easily my favorite course in a 100 mile radius between Nashville and Kingsport, including the Knoxville and Chattanooga courses. If you are driving by on I-40 it is definitely worth a stop, and the course is not far off the Interstate.
The location is listed as Harriman on this site, but it is way out of town on the other side of I-40 on the lake between the small towns of Harriman, Rockwood, and Kingston. (The map feature accurately shows the location.)
Also, another reviewer mentioned you could swim on hole #1, either to get your disc or to cool off, but there were No Swimming signs posted.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 1 Not
better than average
Pros: good course with a couple water holes right off the bat. nice concrete pads on all holes. plays like a wooded course but not really that wooded. tee signs were ok, but not all that accurate. enough challenge here to have a good round or a bad one
Cons: the tee signs were off in distance a couple of holes, there is a walking path that winds through the course and could be dangerous if a errant shot got away. not many trashcans, no benches
Other Thoughts: i thought this was a great course, but needed a few little ajustments. some of the fairways needed limbing up high. low ceiling shots were the way to attack this course, but it would be a little more appealing if some of the branches at the 15-20 foot range were removed. also very crowded park the day i was there, and could be dangerous for non discers to be walking so close to the fairways
2 of 3 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 1 Not
More than I hoped for.
Pros: This course has a lot of wooded areas. Very easy to under estimate this course and its difficulty. Hole 1 is a very beautiful shot over the lake, 300 ft. to clear, and the basket is up the bank 35 ft. Saw a lot of swimming discs and golfers that day. 2 nice slight dog leg to right. 3, 45 degrees dog leg to right. 4 breaks hard to right and down hill to basket. Left handers will kill these holes if accurate. 5 is across the street and down the hill. Plays through trees to a little pocket of grass. Low and accurate is a must. 6 plays back towards the road and there is a serious bunker right before the basket. Basket on a elevated hill. 7 is played to the left of 6 and back across street. Plays through a tight thread of trees. 8 again through trees and up hill. 9 is back down hill through trees again. I found a anhyzer flick shot does well. 10 through 18 do not have markers or signs, so pay attention. 10 starts across road and to the right side of restrooms. Throws straight and then dog legs to left and up small hill. 11 starts to the right and up near the street. Has a small thread and slightly to left. There will be a small path to follow. 12 is across the street and to the left of 11's basket. Play it parallel to street and then downhill to basket. 13 is back and to the right of 12. It has a nice bench right near pad. Plays across valley and on the other side, the tee is near water. Water is in play here if disc drifts right to far. 14 plays back the other way from 13 and is a short par 3. You will see the basket as your playing 13 and dont get confused when your throwing off the tee at 13. 14's basket is left of tee box 13 is down the hill to the right. 15 is back across street from 14 and plays a slight dog leg right. basket is right near road. 16 plays back the other way and is right near the road. Shot through trees with flick to turn right. 17 is near basket for 16 and plays a dog leg left towards 15's tee pad. 18th's tee pad is very close to 11's tee pad. You will be throwing back towards the restrooms and will turn right at the end and will be on the other side of restroom from 10's tee. Very nice course with lots of wooded shots. Will be better once signs are up for 10 through 18. Will be coming back to play this one again.
Cons: Needs arrows to point you in the right direction. of course signs on back 9.
Other Thoughts: On hole 1. If in summer the water is very nice and after a run of 18 on this course and you will want to take a dip in the water.
3 of 4 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 1 Not
Diamond in the Rough
Pros: Location, location, location! This course is in a gorgeous location right on the lake. The layout of the course is challenging yet enjoyable. The view off of the first tee is both beautiful and intimidating. The elevation change is very well done with a few good up and down shots. Some of the fairways play extremely narrow with great right to left or left to right paths.
Cons: Hole #1 in a cross wind can deceive you. I tried a little turn over flick with a dragon and it ended up in the middle of the lake. Also some of the pin placements were near some drainage areas and the ground under them was a little spongy.
Other Thoughts: All in all a great little 9 hole gem. The park staff are also awesome. My first shot off of the first tee went wide right into the lake and a park employee actually emptied his pocket and swam out and retrieved my disc.
2 of 3 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
As of 4/5/10 updated 4/20/11
Brand new high quality baskets, concrete tees, and tee signs. Bathroom and vending machine near parking lot.
Frequently used walking paths may come into play on some holes. Some baskets located near water run-off culverts, so dampness could be an issue.
Course plays on the gently rolling, sometimes open, sometimes wooded land at the entrance of a large multi-purpose park. Tee #1 is located next to the water, behind shelter #1. Map is sufficient for navigation, but next tee signs would be nice. Suggest some additional trimming to the rightside of #4 to create a fairer throwing path (and lessen the chance of a disc heading for the walking path, which can't be seen from the tee). Nice variety - length ranging from low 200s to low 400s, blend of right/left/straight, and some elevation changes.
A brief hole-by-hole description:
#1 Can you confidently throw straight ~250'? You'll need to do so to clear the water on this scenic first hole!
#2 Long, flat, and straight, tree halfway on left, water to the far right, closer as approaching basket.
#3 Only ~250', but need to turn right almost immediately, with trees to avoid at midpoint.
#4 A longer and sharper version of #3.
#5 Longest hole at over 400', straight for first 300' then slight left, avoiding trees at various points.
#6 Cross-slope through-trees gentle right-turner, with a small "moat" in front of elevated basket.
#7 Classic, short, sweeping left-turner, throwing path defined by scattered trees.
#8 Slightly uphill, straight, tree-defined fairway, needing slight right at end.
#9 Moderately downhill, straight-but-narrow, or wider right-to-left path available.
Looking forward to nine additional holes of equal quality!
Many holes give you choice of a closer/straighter/tighter lane, or longer-but-more-open turning lane. Same top quality signage and teepads as the front nine - many of the same dampness problems, as well.
#10 Across mini-valley, minor left turn needed at midpoint near cluster of trees
#11 Long, gradual left-turner, fair throwing lane defined by trees, fairly flat.
#12 Straight and flat first 3/4ths, narrowing as it goes, then needing to drop to the left as it crests the slope
#13 DISC EATER! Left-to-right steeply-sloping land filled with hardwoods, water along right side. Must throw across a couple hundred feet dip, basket on the far side of the next hillock. Turn the disc over, or catch a tree just wrong, or roll down the slope, or overthrow the basket on the approach, and find water - deep, brown water.
#14 Straight but tight, or more open right-to-left turner, flat.
#15 Straight across a gentler slope, tight early, or a more open left-to-right turner.
#16 Straight and quite tight late, or longer but more open right-turner, slightly downhill.
#17 Up-slope left-turner, teepad not quite properly aligned, basket farther left than pad/sign indicates
#18 Up-n-over a small rise, fairway-10 to the left, pavilion/bball court to right of basket
A solid course that became even better by doubling the number of holes.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
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